Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric Dentistry
Is a pediatric dentist necessary?
Whether your child sees a general dentist or a pediatric dentist, the most important thing is that they have a “dental home” and see their dentist every six months for check-ups and cleanings. That said, pediatric dentists receive 2 years of training beyond dental school that gives us special insight into treating children. Our office is fun and inviting, instantly putting children at ease when they walk through our doors.
What is the difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist?
Think of a pediatric dentist as a general dentist for children. We do the same preventive and restorative procedures that general dentists do, but our practice focuses on the unique needs of children. After graduating from dental school, pediatric dentists go on to complete a pediatric dentistry residency for additional training.
What are the most common dental problems in children?
Tooth decay is the most common dental problem in children. Orthodontic issues, tooth grinding, sensitive teeth, and thumb and finger sucking habits are also quite common.
When should a child visit the dentist?
Children should first see a dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting or at the age of 12 months, whichever comes first. After this initial visit, it’s important to keep up a regular schedule for oral exams and dental cleanings every six months to maintain dental health.
How do I prepare my child for a first dental visit?
If you’re bringing a baby or young toddler to our office, prepare for the fact that they might be upset during their visit—and that’s to be expected. Stay calm, use a soothing voice, and let them see that you’re relaxed. If they have a comfort item, like a stuffed animal or blanket, bring that with you to our office. For older children, make sure you talk to them about the dentist using positive language, consider reading a book or watching a TV show together about a trip to the dentist, and help them understand what to expect.